The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte by William Milligan Sloane, Revised and Enlarged, 4 Volume Set, 1912

Sloane, William Milligan. The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte, Revised and Enlarged with Portraits. London: The Times Book Club, 1912. Four volume octavo set. Bound by George Bayntun, of Bath, England, in navy ¾ leather bindings with marbled leather boards, gilt tiles, and raised bands to the spine.  

Presented is William Milligan Sloane’s monumental account of Napoleon Bonaparte’s personal and military life. This four volume set is the “Revised and Enlarged” edition, published in 1912, and exquisitely bound by George Baytun of Bath, England. This four volume set is sumptuously illustrated with over 300 plates, portraits, and maps. 

Sloane’s Life of Napoleon Bonaparte was first published in the form of a serial in the Century Magazine, beginning in November of 1894. Sloan then elaborated and enlarged the series into a massive four volume set, published in 1896. This set was further revised and published in London by The Times Book Club in 1912. 

Sloane offers a detailed four volume biography of the French military leader and Emperor. Bonaparte rose to prominence during the French Revolution and became the emperor of France in 1804 after the fall of the French monarchy in 1793. This mammoth biography details his life, both personal and professional, from his youth in the La Fere regiment, to his rise to Emperor, to his death in exile. The biography also looks at his marriage and divorce to Josephine, and marriage to Marie Louise, the great niece of the former Queen of France Marie Antoinette. 

William Milligan Sloane, PHD, LHD, LLD, (1850-1928) was a professor of Latin and History at Princeton University, edited the Princeton Review, and later became the Seth Low Professor of History at Columbia University. He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the 1911 president of the American Historical Association. Sloane was also founder and chairman of the United States Olympic Committee and escorted the first American Olympic team to the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens. William Sloane wrote two other books about French history, including The French War and the Revolution (1893) and The French Revolution and Religious Reform (1901). 


Very good condition. Complete four volume octavo set. Beautifully bound by George Bayntun, of Bath, England. Bound in ¾ navy leather with marbled boards, raised bands to spines with bright gilt details and title. Marbled endpapers and paste downs. Binding and hinges are very good, no loose or missing pages, pages are without marks, light sporadic foxing. Nicely illustrated throughout. 

Dimensions: 8 3/8"H x 5 7/8"W x 1 5/8"D (each volume)

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